Canalicchio di Sopras 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is an intense, full-bodied red that is simply captivating for its seamless dark fruit and superb depth. Rich, round and delicious, this racy Brunello offers plenty of dark fruit with sweet scents of licorice, leather and spices that linger on the long, refined finish. Clean notes of minerality give the wine superb balance
"The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is endowed with notable energy and class. Aromatic, vibrant and still quite fresh, the 2004 has it all. As is often the case with great wines, the 2004 is going to provide a wide window of pure drinking pleasure. Today, the 2004 is stellar, but it also has the pedigree to age well for many years. Hints of sweet tobacco, licorice and dried flowers all add nuance on the highly expressive, finessed finish. The 2004 is just beginning to enter the early part of its maturity, yet there is no rush; the 2004 is a long-distance runner."
"Dried wild herbs and violets, as well as aged meat, woody notes and anise, leading to a palate that has a firm frame of tannins, holding a smooth array of plum and dark-berry flavors amid woody, earthy depth. Drink now."
"Dried violets, berries and hints of vanilla follow through to a full body, with racy, silky tannins and a tanned leather, berry aftertaste. Chewy. Needs bottle age to mellow. Better than the 2001. Best after 2010."
"Here's a Brunello with thick concentration and broad aromas of mesquite smoke, black cherry and Indian spice. Despite that bold bouquet the wine is actually tight and compact in the mouth, where it performs with easy elegance thanks to its bright acidity and lively wild berry flavors"
About the Winery: Now in its third generation of winemaking, Canalicchio di Sopra continues to thrive in the northern end of Montalcino known as Val d'Orcia. This sprawling 60 hectare property had its genesis in 1962 when Primo Pacenti founded it planting not only 15 hectares of Sangiovese but also 2 hectares of olive groves. Now, the younger generation of Simonetta, Marco and Francesco Ripaccioli have breathed new life into the vines yet maintain the traditions that are paramount to true Brunello. These current releases are absolutely stunning from top to bottom...The clay and marl laden soils of Montalcino are mixed with a bit of limestone on the Canalicchio property lending a distinct minerality to this wine. This is a clssic, sturdy, structured and superbly crafted Brunello from the great 2006 vintage. This year produced classic Brunellos of great structure, focus and concentration that will need time in the bottle to acheive their true potential.
Vintage Report: 2004 was an abundant vintage in Montalcino, as plants unleashed the energy they had held in reserve from the previous year. Growers had to exercise quite a bit of discipline to lower yields through green harvesting, something not everyone was prepared to do after a disastrous, virtually non-existent 2002 and a 2003 where the extreme heat concentrated the juice, therefore naturally lowering production levels significantly.
Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese
Aging: 36 months in Slavonian oak casks and one year in the bottle.
Optimum Drinking: Drink through 2022